Aberdeen 0-0 Hamilton
Aberdeen were involved in a hugely disappointing draw at home to Hamilton.
The most noteworthy news of the day was that Fraser Hornby could be back for the game against Dundee United on the 20th of this month.
Hornby, who injured himself in the one-nil win over Kilmarnock, is apparently making good progress and could be back in the line-up for the Dons’ trip to Tannadice.
Today’s 0-0 draw with Hamilton was Aberdeen’s fifth goalless draw since the turn of the year and the ninth time the Dons had failed to find the net in 90 minutes.
Even though they drew, Aberdeen actually clawed a point on Hibs who lost away to St Johnstone 1-0.
The news will be little consolation for McInnes’ side who will view today as another huge opportunity missed to make up ground on their third place rivals.
Aberdeen are now three points behind Hibs having played a game more.
Hamilton were the big winners, the draw lifting them off the bottom of the table leapfrogging Kilmarnock.
Even though they’ve been a lot of people’s favourites to go down, the Accies look to be defying expectations again this season.
In fact the Accies have picked up more points in the last seven games – seven – compared to Aberdeen who have only picked up five.
Aberdeen coach Derek McInnes: “We got another clean sheet and it’s another point closer to Hibs. It is slant consolation for the effort we put in and a real missed opportunity for us to pick up three points. We have to take responsibility for that.”
McInnes on Fraser Hornby’s return: “Hornby we feel might make the United game. He is improving really well and we could do with that presence towards the end of the pitch. He gives us a different kind of attack and hopefully he can be back.”
Hamilton head coach Brian Rice speaking to BBC Sport Scotland after the game: “You’re always happy when you come to Aberdeen and take something home. We had a few chances and so did Aberdeen. I’m delighted. We had a couple of injuries but everyone did their job today. I couldn’t ask for any more out the lads today.”
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Aberdeen spurn first half chances
If Aberdeen were to win only their third game of the year it would have been done in the first half.
Niall McGinn, Florian Kamberi and Callum Hendry – starting his first game for the Dons – linked up well in the opening stages of the match but couldn’t put the ball in the net.
Hendry has already scored for the Dons, having bagged that goal against Killie two games ago to end the Dons’ infamous goalless run.
However Aberdeen seem to be building another goalless run having now not scored in 180 minutes of football, Florian Kamberi still looking for his first goal for the club after five matches.
Up next: Dundee Utd, Away
The Dons’ final game before the split. United at Tannadice, Saturday 20th Feb, KO 3pm.